Raising the workers’ equity: a new way back for labour?

Document type
Paper
Author(s)
Jim Moher
Publisher
Compass
Date of publication
2 June 2008
Series
Thinkpiece
Subject(s)
Social Policy, Employment
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This paper briefly outlines the recent history of workplace democracy and its relationship with the trade union movement.  The author proposes a new democratic model in which workers’ equity – their physical and emotional stake in the building and success of firms – is legally recognised.  Throughout British industry (including the now large service sector), harnessing the knowledge and practical experience of workers will produce a swathe of highly experienced and well informed representatives. Unions, as the collective voice of workers, should develop their position as a vital force in that process and renew themselves in the process while incorporating the strengths of their collective nature and vital perspectives on behalf of all workers.

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